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Home » April 30th, 2013 Entries posted on “April, 2013”

Princess Week–Really?

by Kelly O’Connor Salomon There I was, happily eating my yogurt and going through the fliers in the Sunday paper. Then, as I was looking through the Target flier, I saw that it was Princess Week. I nearly swallowed my tongue. I was raised on Disney movies; let me say that up front. However, as […]

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I Rarely Do This

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by Emily Van Duyne Last week, as I flipped through applications for summer student tutors with my unofficial boss in the Writing Center at Stockton, my student popped in to get his graded essay. He’s a really nice kid– tall, handsome, ebullient, smart. A capable, if not gifted, writer. He mentioned to my “boss” that […]

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SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

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by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

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Pittsburgh “Countering Contingency” Conference Offers Hope To Adjunct Activists

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by Jack Longmate Over the past twenty-five years, U.S. colleges and universities have substantially increased their reliance on part-time and adjunct faculty instruction… The working conditions of part-time faculty members vary widely, but in comparison to their full-time colleagues, the majority of part-time faculty members teach under emphatically substandard conditions. Part-time faculty members are far […]

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Why Michael Bérubé Needs Adjuncts To Believe They’re the Victims of Whim & Bad Luck

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by P.D. Lesko I have just read the 2011-2012 AAUP salary survey. While the authors of the survey, Saranna Thorton and John Curtis certainly put thought and effort into their report, it represents yet another damning indictment of the AAUP’s failure to push pay parity for its part-time faculty members, some 4,300 faculty, 14 percent […]

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How Students React to Violence

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon One of the books in a Popular Fiction class I am teaching is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is read after A Thousand Splendid Suns. This class, more than in the past, students have responded negatively toward Tattoo, complaining that the violence is over the top and gratuitous. At least […]

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States, Colleges and Faculty Grapple With The Question of Higher Education & Illegal Immigrants

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by Jan Murphy Karina Ambartsoumian wants to go to college but her “statelessness” is putting that out of reach. The 24-year-old “dreamer” is not recognized as a citizen of any country, even though she has lived in Philadelphia for years. Being stateless means she must pay out-of-state or international tuition rates to attend a Pennsylvania […]

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Post-Modern Superhero: The Freeway Flyer

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By Jenny Ortiz As the Freeway Flyer, I’m realizing just how post-modern my life is—constantly  deconstructing, reconstructing, dissecting, and redeveloping the collage of life experiences to state to my Department Chairs that “I can do that,” and then repeating the same process in order to figure out if I can actually teach the course that […]

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Michigan Faculty Union Contract Protects $100K+ Pay For FTers & Cuts Adjunct Pay

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In 2010, union President Frederick van Hartesveldt III told Grand Rapids Community College trustees, “We have become GRAC — Grand Rapids Adjunct College.” Van Hartesveldt said the college had about 260 full-time professors, but 940 adjunct instructors. The full-timers covered 4,470 contact hours — time spent before students — while part-timers covered 4,620, about 51 percent. Shortly after speaking […]

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  • Roars From Inside the Pride: LEO

    by P.D. Lesko In the Land of Titles and Distinctions that is the University of Michigan (and higher education in general), the titles of Painter and Custodian bring more riches to their holders than the title of Lecturer. It’s a through-the-looking-glass scenario worthy of Lewis Caroll, and it’s why lecturers on the University of Michigan’s […]

  • Book Review: ‘Building a Better Teacher,’ on Secrets of Good Teaching by Elizabeth Green

    By Michael S. Roth BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) By Elizabeth Green Norton. 372 pp. $27.95   America has some of the best schools on the planet and one of the worst systems of education in the developed world. We have produced educational philosophies that have inspired […]

  • Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

    by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

  • Introductions Are In Order

    In this blog, I plan to cover teaching from a holistic stand-point. That is, I want to look at how we teach from the position of the whole person, much as we might look at our students. This will include topics like: stress management; organization and priorities; our communication skills and familiarity with technologies such as social media; the physical aspects of the job we often contend with, as well as traditional teaching tips and ideas.

  • A review of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower

    reviewed by Silvia Foti For those who are skeptical of any one book’s ability to help adjuncts organize to improve their working conditions in higher education, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower may provide hope. While author Joe Berry doesn’t promise an easy path, he provides a reliable map and points out obstacles that adjuncts might meet […]

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